Micro Learning – The Next Big Wave in Learning

The celebrated economist, Herbert Simon while coining the term Information Overload said,

“In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it”.

The amount of data getting generated keeps burgeoning – a recent IBM research figure says 90% of the data generated ever has been in the last two years alone. While Big Data is the name of the game, how does learning from this data take place? A learning enthusiast today is faced with a daunting task with data flowing everywhere around her and she having to grapple with vast volumes of high-velocity data hitting her from all sides – TV, the internet, newspapers, E-Learning sites, her own classroom, social media and what not. And what indeed is happening? A paucity of attention; or in scientific terms, a reduction in attention span or attention span deficit. No wonder, a recent Microsoft research finding states that attention span in the digital age has dropped from 12 seconds to 8.

Are we in for a situation wherein there is water all around and not enough of it to drink? Maybe, but yes, the indomitable spirit of humans to solve problems leads one to a solution which addresses this issue conclusively – no I am not talking as much about Big Data Analytics as I am about Micro Learning. Micro Learning is a new paradigm in the world of learning. It facilitates learning by offering extremely small bite-sized pieces of information in short bursts of time. The idea is to break down large volumes of content into extremely small capsules that make one understand the deeper concepts without having to go through pages of reading or hour long lectures. The challenge is not in breaking down the content into smaller pieces of information. It is rather in compressing the large content into small logical pieces of information. The learner consumes the content in extremely short durations and understands the concept. Maybe, that also kindles the student’s imagination. So it is not about showing the effulgence of knowledge, it’s about showing a ray that has the potential to unlock an individual’s inquisitiveness to know more and explore more and lead her to the larger, longer forms of information.

In an information scarce world, the interest probably was in seeking information and consuming it before it became unavailable – like maybe the library shutting the doors on a holiday. But now, with more than abundant information available anywhere and anytime, the challenge is to provide the learner with the information that just suffices the need and opens the doors to more serious thinking. Welcome, Micro Learning!

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How To Start Branding Yourself Right After College

Till a few years ago, fresh college graduates had no internships or professional achievements to their name. There was a thin line between completing academics and starting a full-time job. But times are fast changing. Today, students are more conscious about getting an early start in their choice of field.

Whether it is a small internship or a part-time stint at an NGO – they are working hard towards building their personal brand. Yes – it is a long process and requires patience but presenting yourself to the world as a “person of calibre” is an achievement in itself!

Before we go any further, let’s try to decode the definition of personal branding:

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5 Things Recruiters Want You To Know

If you are a college student, then you will agree that this time period is important for you. Whether you are applying for further studies or trying to bag your first job – whatever you want will happen in the next couple of weeks. Yes, it is both exciting and nerve-wrecking. We get it!

This is why we plan to discuss something on the recruitment side today. See, the recruiters have a lot on their plate and even more on their minds. To help you do well in your first job-hunting session, we bring to you 5 things that recruiters will never tell you but want you to know:

Recruiters don’t “read” resumes

They simply look for keywords in your application and take a decision on whether or not to call you in mere 5 to 10 seconds. Therefore, make sure your resume and cover letter are well-worded and are able to bring out the most relevant information about you in a few lines.

Make the process of scanning the application easier for the recruiters. Let me spot you as a “potential employee” by just reading the first two lines of your resume. You have to be a step ahead of them if you want to bag a job.

They receive lots of applications every day. Hence, create a resume that makes them want to sit and notice!

Recruitment is both art and science

If a recruiter has invited you for a quick interview at the office, this means your capabilities and qualifications match the company requirements. Of course, this is common sense. Otherwise, why would a recruiter waste time and energy on scheduling a meeting with you?

How self-motivated you are, what your attitude towards the interview call is and how you present yourself during your visit make all the difference. Ensure you make an impact during the interview with the recruiter. Dress well, anticipate answers for commonly-asked questions and most importantly, be on time.

You are judged on every level and at every step. Be prepared. And give your best shot.

Recruiters can blacklist you

This has got nothing to do with criminal activities, by the way. It is just either they prefer to get fresh candidates on board or they forget about your status on their database. In both the situations, it is highly unlikely that they will connect with you again.

Since your name doesn’t come up on their database and they don’t possess a photogenic memory – your chances of getting an interview call vanish completely. But this doesn’t mean you sit in a corner and get sad about it.

Here’s what you can do to stay in the purview of recruiters: Email them whenever there is a suitable opening in the company. And follow up rigorously. We wouldn’t advise you to message or call them on their mobile phones because that’s too intrusive. But sending emails frequently is more than enough to get noticed.

And if you are lucky, you might end up getting an interview call. This way you ensure that “something is better than nothing”.

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They stalk your social media profiles

Yes, they do. If they like your application and want to invite you for an interview, they will. But before that, they will certainly check out your social media interactions to get a clear picture of you. Social media has made our lives transparent to the rest of the world.

Even though there are numerous benefits of social media, we invariably end up posting so much about ourselves that it becomes difficult to monitor what should and what should not go out on the online platform. After all, social media makes us absent-minded!

And this is where recruiters step into the picture. They use social media to the fullest to understand the psyche of the potential employee. It allows them to understand whether or not you will fit into the company’s culture and way of working. Make sure your social media channels are made either private or are smartly filtered at all times.

Recruiters don’t take the final call

Their job is just limited to finding good job candidates. The hiring process involves a lot of people – depending upon the nature and level of the job profile. It differs from one organization to another. Startups such as Oust have their own hiring processes.

Similarly, global corporations such as Google hire differently. So if you are thinking about playing your cards right with your recruiter, please do that. But don’t pin all your hopes on the recruiter. He or she won’t decide your future with the company in the end.

To make sure you have a good run with the recruiter of your company, please keep these points in your mind. We know for sure that you will bag the perfect job or internship for yourself. Never stop believing. And never stop playing on Oust!

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Vocational Training Is Important For Students

Ask your father about his school life and he will tell you that “discipline” was the first thing he learned as a student. He will tell you stories about the many number of exams he sat for in those 12 years. He will talk about daily home assignments, strict teachers and how a student’s intelligence was calculated on the basis of his or her mark sheet.

If you have observed, your story is also the same. Your school life is restricted to periodic exams, homework, fun times with friends and enduring teachers’ wrath. If you score high marks, you are considered a winner. But if you fail, you are instantly seen in a different light.

However, the advent of technology has made the students of your generation pro-active in fine tuning their understanding of certain concepts or subjects via different, innovative mediums. They don’t mind researching online and read a few articles or watching videos to study.

And we know you are one of them who are into mobile learning and are benefiting from it.

This is a positive and a much-needed development that almost every Indian student (in urban and semi-urban areas) has been exposed to. Thinking out-of-the-box is a welcome change and is helpful in getting them ready for the corporate world – which is extremely demanding.

But this is happening on an individual level and that also not in such an intensive manner. There is a need for schools to combine vocational instruction with traditional academics. Schools should tweak their curriculum accordingly and prepare all students for the next steps – college and job.

Here are 5 reasons why vocational training is the need-of-the-hour in the education sector:

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5 Innovations In Education Across The Globe

Education has a new name and it is called “genuine learning”.

This is so because today, education is not just confined to reading from textbooks, solving bulky sets of questions for homework and mugging up concepts to come first in exams only to forget everything for good as soon as you get out of school!

Today, it is so much more than that. The face of academics is changing and it is changing fast. Let us take a step forward and talk about five educational innovations that broke all shackles of monotonous, regimental and conventional way of educating students.

You might feel shocked at first. But sooner or later, you will be overwhelmed to see the changes that have taken place in these classrooms.

Have a look:

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How Gamification Helps Students To Perform Better

Coined in 2002, the term gamification is defined as the process where game-based elements and mechanics are applied in other non-game contexts. Since it leads the user to do a certain set of tasks or to act in a desired way, it tends to increase motivation and confidence levels of the user.

Needless to say, gamification has tremendous potential in the education sector.

In classroom scenarios, particularly, these game-based elements are being incorporated with an aim to provide students the opportunities to act independently, display competence and learn in relationship to others.

This is based on the simple fact that game players dominantly exhibit persistence, risk-taking, attention to detail and problem-solving – all behaviours that would ideally be regularly demonstrated in school.

If you have noticed, our Oust App also instills a sense of competition among its student/user base. You take a quiz, challenge another student to it and compare your score with him or her. Then we have Weekly Leaderboards to help you gauge your performance during the past seven days.

In simple words, gamification improves active learning and class engagement in higher education.

Here are 4 benefits of successful gamification schemes in classrooms:

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